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What are the mining rehabilitation reforms in VIC?

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What are the mining rehabilitation reforms in VIC?

A new bill was introduced in August 2018 to establish a new authority to manage mine closure and rehabilitation across Victoria.
Recommendations include:
  • Marking out the rehabilitation, closure and post-closure requirements for certain mines
  • Establishing clear responsibility for the post-closure management of rehabilitated mine land
  • Establishing a Mine Land Rehabilitation Authority to oversee mine rehabilitation and post-closure management, including administration of post-closure funds from 1 July 2020
In March 2019, the Victorian government requested feedback across the resources sector and community on ways to shape new regulations as part of the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) (Mineral Industries) Regulations 2019 which aim to set clearer work plan and rehabilitation requirements to better manage risks associated with mining and minerals exploration.
Following this feedback, The Victorian Parliament has established the Latrobe Valley-based Mine Land Rehabilitation Authority and Post Closure Fund, which will make rehabilitation for the area’s coal mines stronger and more transparent.

The Mine Land Rehabilitation Authority will monitor, maintain and manage ‘declared’ mine land. It also clarifies rehabilitation, closure and post-closure obligations.

The Post-Closure Fund will meet the ongoing costs of managing declared mine land and allow mines to safely and responsibly relinquish land.

The reforms aim to help miners and explorers have the right regulations to manage sites as safely as possible and then leave them in the best state for the community once
commercial operations cease.

Find out how mine rehabilitation legislation in Australia is changing in our FREE guide.


FAQ:

What are the mining rehabilitation reforms in NSW?

Several reforms were proposed in February 2018, including: A policy framework to assess final mining voids, where voids will not be considered in new major projects unless it minimises environmental, community and visual impacts and cannot be feasibly removed Requirements for new major projects to consult with the community and provide information on mine design options early in the planning process

What are the mining rehabilitation reforms in QLD?

On the 14 November 2018, the Queensland Parliament saw the passing of the Mineral and Energy Resources (Financial Provisioning) (MERFP) Act 2018. This reform package is aimed at improving rehabilitation (rehab) and financial assurance outcomes for the sector that aims to deliver:   Improved environmental performance Rehabilitation investment in the Queensland resources industry Better protection of the State’s financial interests

 

Useful links:

  • Speak to our team for a free demo of our mine rehabilitation tool DecipherGreen
  • See how our solutions help manage environmental, standard and approval requirements for mine rehabilitation here

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